• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest History, Political Sciences, Sociology, Criminology, Human Rights

This course examines genocide in the political, economic, legal and social contexts of the post-World War II era. The origins and nature of genocide need exploring if prevention or intervention strategies are to be developed. A theoretical method of studying genocide is developed through a comparative and multidisciplinary focus on case studies, including Rwanda, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bosnia. Post-genocide initiatives are explored: war crimes tribunals, reconciliation mechanisms, reparations and restitution, memorialisation, combating denialism, the commercialisation of genocide, and the ongoing impacts of trauma on victim groups.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • To understand why the Genocide Convention has had little success in preventing genocide since 1945.
  • To understand the socio-political conditions under which systematic mass killings occur.
  • To analyze the motives for, and the ideological bases of, such killings
  • To observe the techniques & technologies used in genocides
  •  To pinpoint legal and moral responsibility for their occurrence
  • To assess gradations of genocide and the problems linked to debates about definitions of genocide
  • To understand the role of bystanders in the genocide process
  • To review what structures are in place to punish & prevent genocides & their denial
  • To use the knowledge gained in course to critically analyse current developments in international politics with reference to mass killings
  • To assess possible future developments
  • To reflect on, and critically discuss the key themes of the course.

Indicative Assessment

A case study 1500 words (35%), final essay 3000 words (55%), tutorial participation (10%).

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level POLS and 6 units of 2000/3000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
10227 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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